VIENNA - The Parkersburg High School golf team may have lost a tiebreaker, but in retrospect the Big Reds are still unbeaten as the regular season enters Week 2.
Monday at the Parkersburg Country Club Invitational, Parkersburg tied Charleston Catholic for first place with a team score of 236. A tiebreaker came into effect, which considered the fourth golfer's score from each school and the Irish won by four strokes.
In order to keep their record intact, PHS coach Don Snider and company will consider this particular outcome of the Callaway High School Series under the heading for ties.
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Williamstown golfer Mac McCormick chips onto the 17th green during Monday’s Parkersburg Country Club Invitational. McCormick missed qualifying for the all-tournament team by one stroke.
"Today, I just consider it great play by our kids," Snider said. "Again, it was the depth and I think we have legitimate depth in Class AAA. Cabell Midland is really good, but they weren't here and I don't know anything about Greenbrier East. I think if we finish in the top two in our region,we have a really good shot at Wheeling (for the state tournament)."
Leading the charge for PHS was Lucas Prine, who fired a 3-over par 76 and was one of five individuals named to the all-tournament team. The outcome was a bonus for Prine, who celebrated his 18th birthday the previous day. And he has four birthday cakes to prove it.
A double-bogey on the fifth hole actually served as momentum for the rest of his round. On the very next hole, he finished with a birdie then stayed out of harm's way for the rest of his round.
Callaway High School Senior Series
Parkersburg Country Club Invitational
At Parkersburg Country Club
Team standings: 1. Charleston Catholic 236; 2. Parkersburg 'A' 236; 3. Wheeling Park 'A 237; 4. Bridgeport 239; 5. Parkersburg South 'A' 242; 6. (tie) George Washington 'A' and Roane County 245; 8. Brooke 249; 9. (tie) St. Marys and Hurricane 250; 11. (tie) Belpre and University 252; 13. (tie) Linsly and Huntington 253; 15. Elkins 254; 16. Williamstown 255; 17. (tie) Madonna and Marietta 256; 19. East Fairmont 260; 20. Parkersburg 'B' 261; 21. Ritchie County 263; 22. Poca 265; 23. Warren 'A' 267; 24. Fairmont Senior 277; 25. (tie) Morgantown and George Washington ''B' 281; 27. Parkersburg South 'B' 283; 28. Wheeling Park 'B' 287; 29. Winfield 295; 30. Wirt County 308; 31. Warren 'B' 319. North Marion also competed.
Note: Charleston Catholic defeats Parkersburg by virtue of fourth player's score.
Medalist: Alex Hamrick, Poca, 72
All-Tournament team: Alex Hamrick, Poca, 72; Cole Hand, Wheeling Park, 73; Adeena Shears, Parkersburg, 75; Christian Casingal, Charleston Catholic, 76; Lucas Prine, Parkersburg, 76
Charleston Catholic: Christian Casingal 76, Nick Casingal 80, Cameron Blakely 80, Jackson Ellis 80
Parkersburg 'A': Lucas Prine 76, Lauryn Davidson 79, Isaac Prine 81, Austin Davis 84
Wheeling Park 'A': Cole Hand 73, Kyle Wensel 80, Jacob Nickell 84, Freddie Fitzsimmons 94
Bridgeport: Marco Oliverio 78, Mason Williams 80, Austin Williams 81, Ben Smith 83
Parkersburg South 'A': Adeena Shears 75, Alex Schreckengost 83, Trevor Gorrell 84, Dylan Cress 89
George Washington 'A': Harry Basile 78, Matt Nelson 82, Drew Call 85, Kyle Bird 92
Roane County: Cam Moore 80, Caleb Moore 82, Cole Moore 83, Hunter Thompson 94
Brooke: Logan Lojszczyk 80, Michael Spitak 81, Evan Cuomo 88, Mario Boni 97
St. Marys: Coleman Lamp 79, Drew Wells 83, Jared Nichols 88, Devon Baxter 111
Hurricane: James Snavely 83, Justin Crouch 83, Bailey Gordon 84, Adam Lambert DQ
Belpre: Jackie Cunningham 79, Sam Petty 81, Alex Perry 92, Logan Plummer N/A
University: Cale Wheeler 80, Chris Stansberry 85, Chase Voithofer 87, Gregory Tretheway 95
Linsly: Lordan Patrick 83, David Coram 84, Casey O'Korn 86, Mario Saludes 105
Huntington: Nick Nolan 80, Andy Tao 86, Ridge Hickman 87, Jack Brunetti 96
Elkins: Braden Hammond 79, Dylan Reckart 84, Brendan Cain 91, Kole Hopwood 99
Williamstown: Mac McCormick 77, Chandler Weber 84, Dalton Smith 94, Ty Adkins WD
Madonna: Howie Peterson 84, Nick Mazur 84, Hunter Payne 88, Matthew Lyons 95
Marietta: Jeffrey Hensler 79, Nick Thieman 86, Garrett Bertram 91, Max Fitzgerald 91
East Fairmont: Mason Weese 83, Jacob Monell 83, Brennon Vincent 92, Bailey Frederick 96
Parkersburg 'B': Ian McElroy 84, Whitney Milhoan 85, Remy Toncray 92, Max Hughes 105
Ritchie County: Ben Knight 83, Riley Allen 86, Jon Harkness 94, Austin Garrett 102
Poca: Alex Hamrick 72, David Scragg 85, Caleb Luikart 108
Warren 'A': Kyler Dennis 86, Nick Ward 90, Max Hapney 91, Drew Simms 93
Fairmont Senior: Nicky Moroose 88, Ryan Vicain 93, Drew Sivak 96, Zach Phillips 100
Morgantown: Stephen Green 88, Tee Tanner 94, Bo Tanner 99, Lamont Paine 105
George Washington 'B': David Yosupco 87, Chris Florence 91, Taylor Giles 93, Willie Roncaglione 96
Parkersburg South 'B': Charlie Fetzner 92, Logan Clegg 95, Chase Porter 96, Chance Shears 101
Wheeling Park 'B': Lizzy Douglas 88, Travis Hunter 98, Garrett Bopp 101, Jared Jorden WD
Winfield: Evan Haley 96, Grant Hdrick 97, Adam Perry 102, Nick Kester 110
Wirt County: Alex Sears 85, DJ Thorn 108, Kenny Radcliff 115, Austin Stutler 121
Warren 'B': Josh Jankauskas 97, Turner Schilling 104, Anzley Schenz 118, Jane Kubala 121
North Marion: Colton Holbert 91
"From there, I could do almost anything with the golf club, except putting - I had two or three three-putts down the stretch," Prine said.
Rounding out the scoring for the Big Reds were Lauryn Davidson (79) and Isaac Prine (81). Yesterday marked Davidson's first match of her senior season, while Isaac Prine managed to right the ship after hitting two balls out of bounds on the ninth hole.
"This is a great team win -I count it as a win because we did tie for first," Lucas Prine said. "Actually, I didn't even know they had an all-tourney team, but it's awesome and exciting. I assumed I was in the top 10 and top 10 got your name in the paper or something. I didn't know you got a trophy for it."
Joining Prine on the all-tournament team was Parkersburg South junior Adeena Shears, who posted the third lowest score of the afternoon with a 75. Despite missing three birdie putts early in her round, Shears was 2-under par through her first seven holes.
"That was a good start - it helped me in the end," Shears said. "After that I was pretty steady, I guess but made bogeys on 11 and 12 then three-putted hole No. 15 and No. 17 which were par 3s.
"My score was one worse than last year, but I'll take it."
As a team, South placed fifth out of a field of 31 schools after posting a 242 behind an 83 from Alex Schreckengost and an 84 from Trevor Gorrell.
Completing the all-tourney squad were medalist Alex Hamrick (72) of Poca, Cole Hand (73) of Wheeling Park and Christian Casingal (76) of Charleston Catholic. After several years of struggling with the tight fairways of Parkersburg Country Club, Hamrick finally made his way around the layout without too much difficulty.
"My misses didn't hurt me that much and I made a few putts," Hamrick said. "No. 13 was a big hole for me. I hit in the bunker on my second shot and had to lay up. Then I got up and down for par, and I started playing well after that."
Marietta High tied with Madonna for 17th place at 256. Jeff Hensler led the team with a 79, followed by Nick Thieman's 86 and Garrett Bertram's 91.
Belpre just missed a top ten finish, tying University for 11th place at 252. Jackie Cunningham led the Golden Eagles with a 79 while Sam Petty carded an 81 and Alex Perry added a 92.
Warren finished 23rd with a team score of 267. Kyle Dennis turned in an 86, while Nick Ward and Max Hapney shot 90 and 91, respectively.